About Us

About Us

CIPPIC is the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic at the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, University of Ottawa.

CIPPIC is Canada’s first and only public interest technology law clinic. CIPPIC is unique in Canada, bringing together a team of expert legal professionals and students to advocate for the public interest in policy debates arising from the intersection of law and technology. CIPPIC advocates for the public interest on cutting edge issues including copyright law, data governance, algorithmic decision-making, internet governance, net neutrality, state surveillance, privacy and free speech. CIPPIC’s work resides at the heart of Canada’s innovation policy agenda: CIPPIC ensures respect for Canadians’ rights as the law responds to our use of ever-changing technologies.

CIPPIC’s mandate includes three related missions. First, CIPPIC fills voids in policy-making by voicing public interest perspectives to technology policy makers in Parliament, in courts, in regulatory agencies, and in international Internet governance forums. Second, CIPPIC advises clients on technology law matters with a public interest dimension - clients who might not otherwise enjoy legal support. Finally, CIPPIC prepares public education resources and law student training on technology law issues.

Support CIPPIC and champion a voice for the public interest in Canada’s tech policy debates. Housed within the University of Ottawa, financial support for CIPPIC qualifies as a charitable donation. Larger donations will be considered for the University of Ottawa’s donor matching plan, multiplying their benefit.

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About Us

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CIPPIC Staff, Advisors, and Students

CIPPIC's inaugural internship group (2003)

Clockwise, from lower left:

  1. Marcus Bornfreund
  2. Prof. Michael Geist
  3. Rob Dupelle
  4. Michael Yang
  5. Warren Yeung
  6. Sukesh Kamra
  7. Alex Cameron
  8. Milana Homsi
  9. Sue Gemmell (Former Admin Support)
  10. Philippa Lawson (Former Director)
  11. Jason Young
  12. Prof. Jennifer Chandler

About the Clinic

The Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) is a law and technology clinic based at the Centre for Law, Technology & Society at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in Canada. CIPPIC’s mandate is to advocate in the public interest on diverse issues arising at the intersection of law and technology. In pursuit of its public mandate, CIPPIC regularly provides expert testimony before Canadian parliamentary committees, participates in the regulatory activities of various Canadian quasi-judicial bodies such as the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, appears at all levels of Canada’s judicial system, and participates in various international Internet governance fora. In addition, CIPPIC advises clients (organizational and otherwise) on matters with a public interest dimension, provides public education resources on various legal issues and, by its location at the Faculty of Law, provides direct training and education for law students.

CIPPIC was established at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law in the fall of 2003. It is the first legal clinic of its kind in Canada. In 2007, technology innovator and entrepreneur Dr. Robert Glushko and his wife, law and technology pioneer Professor Pamela Samuelson, made a large donation to CIPPIC, allowing the clinic to continue its student-centered research and advocacy on technology-related policy and law reform.

Upper year and graduate law students assist clinic lawyers in researching issues and drafting reports and submissions to government, commenting on proposed legislative reforms, providing legal advice to individuals and organizations, and developing online resources for the public on legal issues arising from new technologies.

Each term, student interns are assigned to current cases and projects, thus ensuring a real world experience on cutting edge issues involving law and technology. CIPPIC also runs a full-time summer fellowship program during twelve weeks each summer.

The clinic represents consumer and other public interests in such areas as intellectual property, consumer protection in e-commerce, domain name governance, telecommunications regulation, personal information protection and privacy. Since 2012, CIPPIC is also operating Creative Commons Canada in collaboration with BCcampus and Athabasca University. Highlights of our work over the years can be found in our periodic bulletins.

Case and Project Selection

While its mandate is broad, the Clinic cannot take on every case that comes to it. Projects and cases are selected based on a number of considerations including clinic resources, in-house expertise, appropriateness for student work, implications for public policy, and need for pro bono representation. If you have a project or case you wish our assistance with, please contact:

Funding

CIPPIC was established in 2003 with the aid of a start-up grant from an Amazon.com Cy Pres fund, received by Prof. Michael Geist. This grant was matched by the Ontario Research Network for Electronic Commerce (ORNEC), a public-private e-commerce research initiative. Since then, the clinic has been funded by a variety of research grants and contracts as well as individual donations, most notably from Dr. Robert Glushko and Pamela Samuelson, patrons of a number of technology law clinics in North America. The University of Ottawa provides further support for the clinic.

The Clinic is seeking additional funding in order to maintain, and if possible expand, its operations. If you wish to help us out, please visit our donate page or if you wish to discuss funding opportunities, please contact David Fewer or Prof. Michael Geist

Clinic Staff

 
David Fewer

David Fewer

Director
Tel: 613-562-5800 x 2558
Email:
David Fewer is the Director of CIPPIC. David is an intellectual property and technology lawyer, and brings a decade of practice experience to CIPPIC's advocacy on intellectual property and technology files. Prior to joining CIPPIC, Mr. Fewer practised intellectual property and technology law with national firms in British Columbia and Ontario, and clerked with the Federal Court of Canada. He completed an LL.M. at the University of Toronto, where he wrote on intellectual property policy and the application of the Charter to copyright law. He has taught and written extensively on intellectual property and technology law issues, and is a frequent commentator in the media on such issues.
 
 
Tamir Israel

Tamir Israel

Staff Lawyer
Tel: 613-562-5800 x2914
Email:
PGP: 871C 31EC B6CC 3029 A1A1 14C4 D119 76EC 7F01 E2C7
Tamir leads CIPPIC’s privacy, net neutrality, electronic surveillance and telecommunications regulation activities, and his research regularly includes issues raised by trade agreements, intermediary liability, national security and cybersecurity. He has participated in a range of technology-impacting policy processes, including appearances before parliamentary committees, participation in regulatory proceedings, interventions in appellate courts, and participation in various Internet governance processes. Tamir is a member of the Advisory Board of Privacy International, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression’s Digital Issues Committee and the Mozilla Foundation’s Public Policy Development Sub-Module. He also holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and a J.D. from the University of Toronto, and lectured on Internet regulation matters at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Graduate & Post-doctoral Studies.

The publication of these email addresses on the CIPPIC website is not to be taken as consent to their collection or use for the purposes of communicating commercial electronic messages, even if such messages may be relevant to the recipient’s business, role, functions or duties.


External Advisory Board

CIPPIC's external advisory board is made up of the following eminent scholars, activists and experts in the field of technology law:

  • Diane Cabell, Corporate Secretary, Creative Commons & Founder/Former Director, Clinical Program in Cyberlaw, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Centre
  • Pam Samuelson, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Internal Advisory Board

CIPPIC also benefits from the guidance of its internal advisory board, which is composed of faculty members of the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, as well as selected alumni and associates.

Student Participation

Further to its education mandate, CIPPIC aims to incorporate student participation in all aspects of its activities. Students can participate as volunteers, for course credit, through participation in CIPPIC's Summer Internship Program, or as an articling student. For more information, visit our student participation resource page.

Contact CIPPIC

Email:
Telephone: 613-562-5800 x2553
Fax: 613-562-5417

Mailing address:

CIPPIC, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law - Common Law Section
57 Louis Pasteur St.
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5

Office location:

100 Thomas More

Suite 306, Brooks Building
Ottawa, Ontario



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